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Can the Vatican Hold Up the Entire Sky?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 5th, 2015


14th Century Bishops Could Have Learned Something From the Wife Of Bath

Population experts estimate that about 100 billion people have been born during Homo Sapiens time—with just seven billion still alive and exercising free will. One would think that the 93 billion dead might have studied the species and come up with some answers to help us in our very short lives on this planet.

Many answers are still in the “pending” office boxes at the Vatican, Mecca, and other religious…

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A sex and marriage manual

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 30th, 2015

Bachelor Bishops And Misogynistic Muslim Clerics Conjure Up A Sex And Marriage Manual

Pope Francis and his cardinals and bishops have concluded a Vatican synod on whether the Roman Catholic Church should modify teachings regarding sex and marriage while their religious cousins, the Muslim Taliban, are busy treating women as chattel in countries they dominate. Both of these conservative, militant religions ignore and often denigrate the wisdom, experience and natural ability and brains of…

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Lower Animals Kill To Live, Uppermost Animals Kill To Dominate

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 22nd, 2015

Thomas Browne: “But Man Is a Noble Animal, Splendid in Ashes, and Pompous in the Grave”

Some scientists think there is water on Mars, although temperatures say it would be ice anyway. It might be wishful thinking. There seems to be a crowd wanting to leave Earth for safer climes.

The Uppermost Animals are back to killing, torturing, raping, and starving each other at the rate established by the First Crusade between Muslims and Christians, the Mongol invasion of Europe of Genghis…

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Best of Times, Worst of Times

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 15th, 2015


Having Everything—Having Nothing

In his novel “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens writes of life in Paris and London just before and during the French Revolution of 1789. His first paragraph may be instructive about the differences between the rich and poor in the United States in 2015: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of…

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Animal Friends and Enemies

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 7th, 2015

From Carnivorous Mighty Mites To Vegetarian Monsters

When our spacecraft Voyager 1 took pictures of earth from four billion miles away in 1990, scientist Carl Sagan looked at the pictures and described the image in his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space: “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us….Every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

Just maybe we should continue to…

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A Man For All Seasons

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 1st, 2015


A Black Man Who Wants To Eat At The Dining Room Table All Of The Time

Since the institutional murder of New York City’s Eric Garner for selling loose cigarettes, the institutional murder of Detroit’s 12-year-old Tamir Rice for loitering in a park, the institutional murder of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray after his severed-spine ride in a police paddy wagon, the institutional murder of Ferguson’s Michael Brown, the institutional murder of Charleston’s Walter Scott, and the thousands…

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What We Have Accomplished in Six Million Years

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 24th, 2015


So far we have determined that humans started to walk upright about six million years ago. It took us another 3.4 million years to invent stone tools. Some human pyro discovered fire about 1.9 million years ago. We haven’t discovered many of our other unique accomplishments since then until we domesticated unruly cats in 7,500 B.C. The Chinese added to our brain buzz by making wine in 7,000 B.C. The Egyptians invented papyrus in 3,000 B.C. We started to clean our armpits with soap in…

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Geez, why is the 99 percent so upset?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 16th, 2015


Why the 99 percent is so pissed it isn’t going to take it anymore.

Why are Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson leading Republican polls for the 2016 presidential nomination? Why is Bernie Sanders beginning to overtake the “inevitable” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Democratic polls? Only because Hillary is better known than Bernie.

Who in the hell is Bernie Sanders? He could be the local dogcatcher or pimp. Many don’t know he is another politician -- but anything that walks…

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A Man Who Had Plenty Under His Hat

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 9th, 2015


The obituary of Dr. Oliver Sacks, 82, who died on August 30, appeared on the front pages of national newspapers, with a photo of him holding a three-pound human brain in one hand.

That brain has over one trillion cells, with a 100 billion of them acting as neurons linking up millions of networks that give us intelligence, creativity, emotion, consciousness, and memory. If the wrinkles in the cortex could be ironed out, it would cover a very large office desk.

Known as the poet…

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Corporate Cultism

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 3rd, 2015

Corporate cults and the industrial revolution: it ain’t over until it’s really over

Business and labor have been battling each other since the invention of the cotton gin and the loom revolutionized the textile and clothing business in England and America in the early 19th Century.

In a very short period of time steam engines running complex machinery made the factory floor a hellish place to work in extremely poor lighting. Machines were not fenced in, so moving parts often injured…

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